All about grits — at Pendleton’s Timms Mill

Timms Mill offers a chance to see how grits have been made for more than 200 years.

Whether you’re looking for a chance to see a 200-year-old grist mill in operation or just a peaceful place for a picnic, stop by Timms Mill in Pendleton.

The mill, in South Carolina’s Upcountry, first started on the banks of Six and Twenty Creek in 1784. It was moved to a few places along the water and now stands on the spot established in 1898.

The waterwheel powers the original stones in the mill, grinding that Southern staple — grits.

Lisa and David Wortham bought the property 10 years ago and operate the mill as a “family hobby business,” grinding fresh grits and cornmeal. They welcome visitors to a shady spot on the creek bank for free tours of the mill.

“People can come and tour the building and learn the history of the mill,” Lisa Wortham said. “And we have picnic tables where they can just enjoy the property.”

There’s also a working sawmill, too, which she said is popular with visitors.

The mill is open most Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays, but Wortham suggests visitors call first to be sure the mill will be in operation on the day they plan to visit. The number is (864) 261-3366.

Fresh-milled grits also are for sale at the mill and at stores around the area. They also are on the menu at restaurants including from Slightly North of Broad in Charleston to Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill in Anderson.

While you’re there, head over to downtown Pendleton to check out the restaurants and shops around the historic square.

by Megan Sexton, SC INSIDER